A Prescient Symbol from the Dawn of the Obama Era
Hey, remember this image from 2008?
George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000. And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. “Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama’s nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future,” says Rick Husong, owner of The Loyalty Inc. Husong tells me that he got the idea after seeing the famous Obama-Progress poster by artist Shepherd Fairey. “We wanted to get involved some way,” he says. So, the agency came up with their own symbol of hope and progress that also plays off Obama’s name.
Of course, that “O” looks an awful lot like a zero. And so the image, “Obama: Zero Sign of Progress” seems kind of fitting for the conclusion of year five of the Obama era, huh?
A gay friend of mine once told me that this poster reminded him of what Obama probably saw when getting ready to offer “government services” to a particularly well-endowed boyfriend.
Yes, there are conservative gay people in San Francisco.